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When should I call 9-1-1 for a breathing emergency?

If a person is not breathing or if breathing is too fast, too slow, noisy or painful, call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number immediately.

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Why is choking an urgent concern for children under 5?
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Choking is a common cause of injury and death in children younger than 5. 
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What can I do if rescue breaths do not give air to an unconscious adult?
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Re-tilt the head, and try another rescue breath. If you still cannot get air into the adult, ass...
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Why should a person who was choking be seen by a doctor after the event?
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An person who has choked and has been given back blows, abdominal thrusts or chest thrusts to cl...
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How do I give rescue breaths to an unconscious choking infant?
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Give 2 rescue breaths. -Tilt the head to a neutral position and seal your mouth over the infant'...
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